Saturday, April 30, 2011


Fall seven times, stand up eight. -- Chinese Proverb
Somehow it seems fitting there are long shadows in these shots. April is relinquishing its hold over the Rosebud, and I've been busy moving the Citizen HQ down the alley from the Lindsay Rickman studio, and into its new stomping grounds. The last Citizens of Rosebud trunk sale at Lindsay's has come and gone, and since that day had been so ghostly slow, I impulsively decided to do an impromptu photo shoot with Lindsay, who cheerfully posed for me among the tilting shadows of that late afternoon.

Lindsay Rickman: Artist, Muse & Model
There are two Chinese businesses below the flat where Lindsay lives. The New World Fortune Cookie company and Mei-Mei Noodle Factory, both have been there forever, and both making delicious cheap sweets and eats.

Since I am literally moving down the street, I'll still be coming by to pick up my weekly big bag of fresh Udon noodles for $2 dollars, and a steady supply of fortune cookies.

I am so grateful for my time spent here! I look forward in carving out my next set of adventures. I plan to put my immediate focus on building my Etsy shop. Wish me luck folks, I'm about to step into the great unknown.                                                                                                                                                                         -Bella Q

Mei-Mei means Beauty. And Bella means Business.
Lindsay and Bella share a hug. You should share one too.


mispapelicos said...

Everything wiil be allright when the time is right.
Much love my dear friend.

Anonymous said...

What fun photos and what a great place to buy your eats. Best wishes on the new venture!

The Holly Rivers Show said...

pretty ladies innit !

Michelle's Style File said...

Wonderful photos- Love that JUMP!


Lee Oliveira said...

Would love to visit Bella HQ one day.. would be nice to meet you and go around town to snap some shots together.
she is very colourful... everything I always look for it.
Great shots Bella
Lee x

Comtesse de ferveur said...

That is a very insightful proverb that I will take with me! Thanks as ever for the light you shine m'dear! xxxxxx

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Bella, the picture of you is stunning...I love both looks depicted here. Lyndsay's dress is really cool...wish I was a skinny as her!

Anonymous said...

You look so hott bella!

I love the shadows and black + red always looks great together!


Vix said...

What a fabulous picture of you and your dear friend. Wishing you loads of luck and success. xxx

Anupriya DG said...

Wow!! LOVE Lindsay's daring! And you have rocked the red & black always!! :)

P.S.: All the best for the Etsy sure you're gonna rock it!!

Señora Allnut said...

great proverb, and all my support to all that resilience attitude!!
And you're lovely in your striped red tights and your pretty dress!, and love Lindsay's outfit, so green!, and her little ballerinas!

Louise said...

Sigh, I want blue hair. She looks so cool! And you, my dear, have awesome legs. I love ow you do your makeup, too! Good luck on your Etsy shop-- I can't wait to buy what you're selling!

My Heart Blogged said...

I really love this outfit on you. You look really chic in that coat. Lindsay looks great as well. I'm so glad that you are all moved, and I hope you have a great transition.
My Heart Blogged

Unknown said...

Bella I'm excited for you and your move...there are great things ahead! Your friend Lindsay is so colorful and cute. You my dear look fab in these pictures; your tights prove my point from a previous is your color!!

annimal said...

So excited for the next chapter in the Bella saga! It will be exciting to check out your new store spaces, both online and at thinkhouse! I'm so lucky that I can see it in person soon!!

Annebeth said...

that green hair is blowing my mind <3

That's Not My Age said...

Great photos, great outfits (and haircuts!)and great proverb.

Kristy Elena said...

goodluck bella!! i know you're going to have fun and be fabulous in your new place.

both you and lindsay look amazing in these photographs. i love that she's in green and you're in red. =) nice contrast!!

Unknown said...

You look SO gorgeous - I just love your outfit and your hair. If I lived above The New World Fortune Cookie company, I would never stop writing whimsical songs and stories about it. I just love it.

Sarah xxx

Unknown said...

great outfits, you both look serene and stunning. Love love love!

Adrienne said...

I love this proverb, so true. I hope that things pick up for you soon!

Two fabulous ladies in one post! What more can you ask for? Love your friend's hair, and you are rocking those stripe socks!


dressingup-everyday said...

Awesome pics here and fab outfits!

mispapelicos said...

That would be fantastic!!!!

Ofelia said...

Bella, this is my favorite photo of you! There is beauty and longing in this picture and of course a great outfit!
Have a lovely week ahead,

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

These are great photos! You look adorable. I'd love to see a close-up of your hair; it looks curly this day!

Good luck with your move and all the changes. I'm sure everything will go smoothly :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, that proverb is good...really really good.

If I saw you and your friend Lindsey walking down the street I would completely tap you on the shoulder and tell you how lovely the pair of you look :).

Again, best of luck on the move. You will do great things in your new hq I'm sure.

P.S Please let me know if you get any of my mothers day suggestions, it would mean a million dollars to me :)

WendyB said...

I dig those tights!

Kirsty Girl said...

:) I love that jacket and dress!

Keri said...

Loving this outfit on you! One of my favorites! Hope to shop the Rosebud one day! Good luck...not that you'll need it. I am so very happy for you!

Heather Fonseca said...

One thing's for sure - you're going to look fantastic stepping out into that great unknown!

I love your look today. The red and black stripe tights are so unexpected, but really fabulous, under the black jacket.